Australian music and modernism, 1960 - 1975 / Michael Hooper.
Australian Works and Artists Analysed in this Book
|String quartet (1975) by Don Banks
Drawing on newly available archival material, key works, and
correspondence of the era, Australian Music and
Modernism defines "Australian Music" as an idea that emerged
through the lens of the modernist discourse of the 1960s and 70s.
At the same time that the new "Australian Music" was distinctive
of the nation, it was also thoroughly connected to practices from
Europe and shaped by a new engagement with the music of Southeast
Asia. This book examines the intersection of nationalism and
modernism at this formative time.
During the early stages of "Australian Music" there was disagreement about what the idea itself ought to represent and, indeed, whether the idea ought to apply at all. Michael Hooper considers various perspectives offered by such composers as Peter Sculthorpe, Richard Meale, and Nigel Butterley and analyzes some of the era's significant works to articulate a complex understanding of "Australian Music" at its inception.
Includes bibliography and index.
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